July 19, 2006
Up to eight rare Ferrari GTOs to compete in Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge at Lime Rock Park
Lakeville, Connecticut – Ferrari North America’s Shell Historic Challenge enters its fifth and final event of the 2006 season, returning to Lime Rock Park, July 21-22, with a grouping of 35 rare and collectible Ferrari, Maserati and pre-war Alfa Romeo vehicles that will include up to eight impressive Ferrari 250 GTOs.
According to Maurizio Parlato, president and CEO of Ferrari North America, Inc., the GTO is widely considered to be the quintessential Ferrari model, and one of the greatest sports cars of all time — as it was virtually unbeatable in its class at Sebring, LeMans, the Tour de France, and other great races of the period. “The heritage and beauty of these cars are one aspect of the enjoyment of Historic races,” said Parlato.
The Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge was created to offer owners of these historic racers the opportunity to compete against other owners in a controlled racing series. It is a series meant for the enjoyment of all its participants, and the rules are written to support that intention.
Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge drivers are expected to compete in a gentlemanly spirit of fair play, with respect for the regulations, their competitors, and the cars. During the event, not only will fans enjoy the sights, sounds and track experience of these classic cars, but they can also tour the paddock areas where they can view the vehicles up close.
Competing in two separate programs (Disc Brake and Drum Brake groups), the Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge has been in existence since 1993. The two-day event at Lime Rock will also include track days for the Empire State Region Ferrari Club of America. More than 75 Ferraris, including Ferrari 355 and 360 Challenge cars and perhaps a few 333 SP prototypes, are expected at this FCA event.
Following the Lime Rock event, the Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge will travel to Italy in October for the series Finals.